Tour duration: 16 days 15 nights
Tour types: Cultural Sightseeing
Destination: Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Haa, Wangduephodrang, Trongsa, Bumthang, Mongar, Lhuntse, Trashigang and Trashiyangtse
Accommodations: 3 star hotels / Guest houses
Transportation: SUV cars, Toyota mini bus, Toyota coaster bus, Domestic flight
Entry/ Start: Paro
Exit/ End: Paro
Day 01: Arrival at Paro – Paro Vicinity tourv Fly into Paro either from Bangkok, Singapore, Kathmandu, Dhaka, Delhi or Kolkata. Representatives (guide and driver) from See Bhutan Travels will receive you from Paro international airport. Transfer to your hotel and if time permits, enjoy sightseeing around Paro valley.
Sites to visit for the day: Paro Ta Dzong (national museum), Paro Rinpung Dzong and Kichu Lhakhang.
Day 02: Paro – Haa (70 km, 3 hours drive) via Chelela Pass (3988 m)
Haa district is located at the extreme western end of Bhutan, bordering China and India.
Tourist sites in Haa: White monastery, Black Monastery and Haa Dzong
Day 03: Haa- Thimphu (115 km, 4 hours drive).
Tourist sites in Thimphu: World’s Largest Buddha statue, Memorial stupa, Takin reserve, Tashichhoe Dzong, Textile museum and Thimphu city.
Day 04: Thimphu Excursion/ Hike to Tango & Cheri Monastery.
Spend your day exploring Thimphu valley for one extra day by taking hike to Tango and Cheri monastery. These two monasteries are located on the opposite ridges facing each other about 40 minutes drive from Thimphu city. From the road point, hiking to each monastery will take about an hour each for a round trip.
Day 05: Thimphu – Punakha via Dochula Pass (77 km, 3 hours drive)
Things to do in Punakha: Visit to Punakha Dzong and Khemae Lhakhang, Hiking to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal choeten.
Day 06: Punakha - Gangtey (78 km, 4 hours drive)
Gangtey is amongst the most beautiful glacial valley in Bhutan. It is located at an altitude of 3000 m above sea level.
Gangtey valley receives its annual visitors, the globally threatened black necked cranes during winter months (November – February) which further beautify the valley. Local community celebrates its arrival with a festival called Black necked crane festival during the month of November.
Important sites: Gangtey monastery.
Day 07: Gangtey – Trongsa (120 km, 5 hours drive) via Pelela pass (3300 m)
Sites to visit: Chendebji Stupa and The majestic Trongsa Dzong
Day 08: Trongsa – Bumthang (68 km, 2 hours 30 minutes drive) via Yotongla Pass (3400 m)
Bumthang is known as cultural heartland of Bhutan with many Buddhist historical sites.
Sites to visit for the day: Jakar Dzong, Jampay Lhakhang and Kurje monastery.
Day 09: Bumthang Excursion
Spent an extra day here at Bumthang by visiting to following historical sites:
Mebar Tsho (burning lake), Tamzhing monastery, Kenchosum monastery and Wangduecholing palace.
Day 10: Bumthang – Mongar (198 km, 7 hours drive) via Thrumshingla (3780 m)
We will be spending our entire day on road enjoying the wonderful sceneries as we traverse across beautiful villages such as Ura and Sengor. The journey will take us from an elevation of 3800 m to 650 m in a matter of few hours.
At Mongar pay visit to Mongar Dzong.
Day 11: Mongar – Lhuntse (76 km, 3 hours 30 minutes drive)
Lhuntse is the place where the present monarch, the Wangchuck dynasty belongs to. The 2nd great grandfather of present king (5th) / the father of first king of Bhutan came from. He travelled all the way to Trongsa from Lhuntse and at some point even herd sheep at Bumthang to sustain himself during the journey. At Trongsa after serving for many years he rose to the power of governor and the most powerful person in Bhutan.
Tourist sites in Lhuntse: Lhuntse Dzong & Dungkar Naktshang.
Day 12: Lhuntse – Mongar – Trashigang (167 km, 7 hours drive)
Drive towards extreme eastern districts of Bhutan; Trashigang. As we travel towards Trashigang we will witness local villagers farming nearby.
Tourist sites: Trashigang Dzong
Day 13: Trashigang – Trashiyangtse – Trashigang (130 km, 5 hours drive)
Trashiyangtse is amongst the beautiful district in Bhutan with numbers of historical sites. Amongst the scores, we will pay visit to the famous Choeten Kora and Gomphu Kora.
Drive to Trashiyangtse from Trashigang in the morning and drive back for the night.
Day 14: Trashigang – Paro (30 minutes flight from Yonphula to Paro)
Take a flight from Yonphula domestic airport to Paro international airport. Yonphula domestic airport is located on a picturesque hill overlooking the kanglung valley down beneath and the Drametse valley to the opposite mountain.
Day 15: Taktsang Monastery Hike
Taktsang monastery, also known as the Tigers nest monastery has become a must visit site in Bhutan. It is built on a rocky cliff above Paro valley.
The Hiking in total will take 7 hours for a round trip.
Day 16: Departure
Your wonderful tour of Bhutan comes to end today. After breakfast, your guide and driver will see you off at Paro international airport for you onward destination.
Fly out either to Bangkok, Singapore, Katmandu, Dhaka, Delhi or Kolkata
Cost of booking Bhutan Central Ridges Drive Tour are as follows:
Peak tourist season (March, April, May, September, October & November)
1. Single Traveler : $4130
2. Dual/ 2 Travelers : $3980 Per Person
3. 3 and above : $3490 Per Person
Lean tourist season (December, January, February, June, July & August)
1. Single Traveler : $3380
2. Dual/ 2 Travelers : $3230 Per Person
3. 3 and above : $2780 Per Person
The above mentioned price covers the following:
- Tour vehicles with experienced driver – (SUV cars for single and dual travelers, Toyota Mini buses for group of 3 – 9 travelers and Toyota coaster buses for group consisting 10 or more travelers).
- All meals – (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
- All accommodations in 3 star hotels/ guest houses in twin sharing basis – (Up gradation to 4 stars and 5 stars available on paying the extra premium).
- Licensed English speaking tour guide – (Language speaking guides for French, German, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Thai are available on paying extra premium of $60 - $100).
- Sustainable Development fee of US $65 per person per night spent in Bhutan – (This money goes for a very good cause of reducing poverty, rural development, free medical services and free education for Bhutanese people).
- Entrance fees to all tourist sites
- Tea and snacks during the day
- Bottled water during the day
- Bhutan Visa Fee of US $40
The above mentioned price does not cover the following:
- Airfare (both international and domestic)
- Travel insurance
- Laundry, Beverages and tips
- Any cost incurred due to flight cancellation, delayed flight or road blockage